Moscow’s Sirin Choir to perform in Dundalk

A WELL-KNOWN Russian choir is set to perform modern day choral masterpieces in Dundalk on Thursday, May 5.

A WELL-KNOWN Russian choir is set to perform modern day choral masterpieces in Dundalk on Thursday, May 5.

The Sirin Choir from Moscow will sing church chants and spiritual verses in St Nicholas Church (The Green Church).

The Sirin Choir was formed in 1989 by a group of professional musicians who took the name after a bird of Paradise from Russian Christian legends.

The award-winning ensemble has presented its interpretation of Russian church and spiritual folk music on extensive concert tours in Russia and Europe.

The programme will include modern day choral masterpieces such as Louth Contemporary Music Society Commissions Arvo Pärt’s The Deer’s Cry and John Tavener’s O My People along with a selection of Church Chants and Spiritual verses from the 15th and 16th centuries and a contemporary work by Ivan Moody.

Some of the Church Chants will be performed a cappella with a selection of the spiritual verses accompanied by hurdy-gurdy, psaltery or violin.

There will also be a choral workshop in Orthodox Chant given by Ivan Moody in St Nicholas’ Church on May 5 from 2pm to 5pm. This workshop will introduce a number of strands including monophonic chant (including Greek and Russian) and polyphonic choral music from such countries as Russia and Serbia.

Tickets for the Sirin Choir are available from www.centralticketbureau.com. Tickets for the choral workshop are available by emailing choralworkshop@me.com. Tickets cost e10.